The African pavillion at the conference includes a minor rain forest . 
Photo: Ministry of foreign affairs/Ragnhild Simenstad.The African pavillion at the conference includes a minor rain forest . Photo: Ministry of foreign affairs/Ragnhild Simenstad

Durban: - An important step in the right direction

Last updated: 12/12/2011 // A continuation of the Kyoto protocol, the establishment of a green climate fund, and the major emitting countries will take part in a process towards a comprehensive and legally binding agreement. At the end of the extra time, that is the outcome of the climate change conference in Durban, South Africa.

"Speaking realistically, this is the best deal we could get out of Durban. We have obviously not reached our goals, but the latest efforts paid off. Now we have a solid basis for further work, and it is of great importance that all countries takes part, even those with the largest emissions, says Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg."

"Norway pushed for an even stronger agreement, but we should appreciate every step in the right direction", says Prime Minister.

For the first time, India, China and the U.S. agreed to reduce emissions in a future legally binding agreement. It shall be negotiated by 2015 and take effect in 2020.

"It is very important that countries with rapidly growing economies are positive to binding emissions cuts. The fact that China contributed to such a solution is a good sign that deserves recognition. Chinese involvement in the global agreements is crucial, and we should also note their increasing focus on renewable energy and more climate-friendly technology", said Stoltenberg.
 
The Kyoto Protocol is extended by five years and establish a Green Fund to finance climate action in developing countries.
 
"Norway has been a driving force in the work of the Green Fund and I am pleased that this now becomes part of the solution", says Prime Minister who praises the Norwegian negotiators in Durban.


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